FEATURE SESSION: How the Solvents Industry is adapting to a greener future

Time & Location

Wednesday: 13.00 to 13.40, Stage 2

Session Host

Session Host: Andrew NormanGeneral Secretary - Solvents Industry Association

About this session

Solvent products are used in almost all manufacturing processes, in a wide variety of applications.

Many of the products which use solvents in their formulations, or within their manufacturing processes are vital to everyday modern living. These include pharmaceuticals (including vaccines and antibiotics) and electronics such as smart phones, medical devices, solar panels and computers.

As we venture into a digital, more sustainable future, solvents will be essential in delivering the new technologies required. The Solvents Industry Association and their members will present on the challenges ahead and how the industry is adapting for a greener future.

Session Guest speakers:

Luke Goldsmith, Commercial Manager – Coryton Advanced Fuels Ltd

Elske Leenders , Marketing Manager, Solvents EU – Shell Chemicals


Speaker Bio

General Secretary of the Solvents Industry Association (SIA) since 2013, Andrew Norman has worked in the chemical industry for 24 years, predominantly in Chemical Distribution. His role with the SIA covers the management of all operations from engagement with members, organising events and marketing and promotion to production of high-quality safety films, liaison with regulators and delivery of training courses.


Guest Speakers

Luke Goldsmith

Luke Goldsmith

Commercial Manager - Coryton Advanced Fuels Ltd

Presentation Title:

Feature Presentation: The Race for Sustainability – Innovations within Sustainable Fuels and Future Applications

About this presentation

The transport sector is the biggest emitter of carbon into the atmosphere in the UK. With the Net-Zero target set for 2050, urgent decarbonisation is needed. However, with many of the favoured technologies (such as hydrogen and electrification) still far from prevalent, other technologies are needed to support the transition. Sustainable fuels will play a part in supporting decarbonisation, moreover, they can be used now. These are not technologies in theory, these are applications in practice and are already making an impact in helping lower the carbon footprint of even the hardest to decarbonise sectors. Reviewing case studies such as Prodrive’s success at Dakar 2022, and Bentley’s recent launch in Top Gear magazine, the technologies and environmental benefits of sustainable fuels will be discussed. It will be argued that additional support for these established technologies will aid the success of alternative future mobility modes, such as battery electric and hydrogen fuel cells, whilst serving to utilise existing infrastructure for swift adoption. Furthermore, these chemistries lend themselves to applications beyond fuels; the future for 100% sustainable solvents, lubricants and dielectrics will be shown.

Dr Elske Leenders

Dr Elske Leenders

Marketing Manager Solvents - Shell Chemicals & Sustainability

Presentation Title:

Shell Chemicals & Sustainability

About this Presentation

Green transformation is a ‘must’, not an ‘option’. Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, meaning that we are reducing emissions from our operations, and from the fuels and other energy products we sell to our customers. This strategy supports the UN Paris agreement goal to limit the rise in average global temperature to 1.5°C. To help step up the pace of change, in October 2021, Shell set a target to reduce absolute emissions by 50% by 2030, compared to 2016 levels. This covers all emissions in Scope 1, which come directly from our operations, and in Scope 2, from the energy we buy to run our operations.

We are transforming our business to meet our target, providing more low-carbon energy solutions such as charging for electric vehicles, hydrogen, and electricity generated by solar and wind power. For chemical products, our sustainability agenda is focused on two broad goals: to reduce plastic waste through Circular Solutions offerings and to reduce the net carbon footprint of our petrochemical products. In 2019, we started using feedstock from plastic waste. We have recently announced our plans to scale up by building new plants to enable us to recycle 1 million tonnes of plastic waste per year by 2025. We will further reduce our own and our customer’s carbon footprint by making products from bio- and bio-circular feedstock.